Monday’s Yomiuri led with an analysis of the COVID-19 cases detected following the lifting of the state of emergency, finding that health authorities have been unable to identify the routes of infections for 55% of the 538 new cases nationwide in the past two weeks. Some 44% of the total were those under the age of 39, with the number of those in their 20s amounting to 108. While the bulk of new cases have been confirmed in Tokyo and Kitakyushu City, the daily noted that the GOJ is cautious about reinstating the state of emergency out of fear that it would have adverse effects on the economy.
In a related development, all national papers reported that Tokyo Governor Koike held talks with Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Nishimura on Sunday to discuss the recent increase in new coronavirus cases among young people in nightlife districts in the nation’s capital. The two politicians reportedly agreed to urge people working at nightclubs and other nightlife establishments to get tested for the virus regularly and to offer health consultation services for such workers.